10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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1
Monterey
— 1 night
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 1st (Thu), admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

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Fort Lauderdale to Monterey is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Monterey is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August, things will get colder in Monterey: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 3rd (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, thentake a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon attractions tool.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Giant Forest and Generals Hwy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moro Rock and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, about 6h 15 min away. There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, thendon't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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